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Aldora Divers, Hotel Vista del Mar, May 2000, John Thurston, (jthurstn@ottglobal.net) Golden, CO. Vis: 70 to 100 ft. Water: 80 to 82 degrees, choppy, strong currents, no currents. Dive your own profile: no. Dive restrictions: 125 max, stay with divemaster. Vista del Mar is 4 blocks from Aldora pier. Hotel is $40/night. Flew Suntrips airline direct from Denver to Cozumel for $200. Aldora uses 120 cu. ft. tanks which permits 1 hour and stays in water. A good operation for a single diver. Dive couples were picked up at resort piers south of town.

Aldora Divers, Melia Mayan Paradisus, Villa Las Anclas, May 2000, Richard A. Jones (rajones@icx.net) Oak Ridge, TN. Vis: 60 to 120 Feet. Water: 82 to 84 F, calm. Restrictions: Safety stop @15 feet. Make sure computer in the green. Aldora divers was every good thing the contributors to the chapbook said it was. Most efficient dive operation I have ever encountered. Took Nitrox course from extremely patient instructor. Dove with four different divemasters. Each was helpful, informed and safety conscious. They took us wherever the group wanted to go. 120 cf. tanks gave even this air hog over an hour bottom time average per dive. Plaza Las Glorias and the Melia Mayan Paradisus very nice places but also very pricey. This time stayed at the Villas Las Anclas. One third the price and the facilities were as nice as the higher priced operations. No beach or restaurant, but you are in town where the action and lots of good restaurants

are. Also looked at the Suites Bahia and the Colonial Hotel. Even lower cost and the rooms are more than adequate. Also the Vista Del Mar looked very good. My non-diving wife also thought they were very nice. Next trip I will go for two weeks and spend my money on diving and good food.

Aldora Divers, Casa Mexicana, June 2000, Jill Rain (jrain@lopez.wednet.edu), Lopez, WA. Vis: 20 to 100 Feet. Water: 80 to 84 F. Dive your own profile: no. Stay with divemaster. Hotel Casa Mexicana brand-new, downtown San Miguel, ocean-view, surprisingly quiet, competitively priced. No AC for 2 days but otherwise good accommo- dation and service. Excellent breakfast buffet included. Aldora’s niche: fast boats, small groups, early departure, steel tanks and safety-conscious. 3-6 divers per dive, got to sites first, long bottom time even considering conser- vative 15 minute safety stop. Most divers were experienced, which gave us greater freedom and dive time than usual for follow-the-divemaster drift dive. Long surface interval on shore in hammock. Currents unpredictable but with small group of divers who knew what they were doing, this was more fun than a problem. At one 60' site, our 6 laid low in sand behind a coral knob (along with a French angel) for a few minutes to let several large groups of out-of-control divers get swept by overhead, cart wheeling, dragging and bashing coral. On surfacing, there were divers all over, in 1’s, 2’s and 3’s, separated from their groups and boats. While we were alone when we

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